Celebrating fundraising achievements
The Emcees 2020 is the UK arts, culture and heritage sector’s chance to celebrate fundraising success. This year the event is moving online but it will still be glamorous, fun and exciting.
The awards were set up in 2016 by =mc consulting (the team behind the National Arts Fundraising School) to recognise and celebrate excellence in arts, heritage and culture fundraising. Every year we help to identify and publicise the extraordinary job many fundraisers do — from development directors to volunteer board members. High achieving projects and individuals receive an award and often valuable support in kind from one of our sponsors. Winners receive a beautiful award to display and a special ‘winner’ logo to display on their website.
This year we’re delighted to announce the awards will take place online as part of the Defining the New Normal, a NAFS curated global event on a post-Covid cultural future set for 18th August 2020.
There are eight awards and the shortlisted organisations are listed below:
Best Major Fundraising Campaign over £100,000
Best Decision Science Informed Fundraising Project
NAFS Best Alumni Fundraiser
- Lucy Blythe
- Ana Pinto Goncalves
- Deborah Parker
Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced on 18th August 2020 as part of the Defining the New Normal, a NAFS curated global event on a post-Covid cultural future.
The Emcees have been created to recognise excellence in arts and culture fundraising. All winning awards will show strong evidence of having:
- a supporter-centred approach
- a strong underlying strategy
- an innovative or creative approach
To be eligible, the activity must have taken place at any time between 31st June 2019 and 31st June 2020.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on 24th July 2020.
We have stellar team of judges. They include:
Arts Council England
Senior Manager, Philanthropy / Visual Arts
Moore Kingston Smith
Dan has been with MKS since 2014 building up a broad portfolio of diverse clients in culture, health, education, and international development sectors. Prior to that he ran his own fundraising and management consultancy, after having led the fundraising departments in health and social care charities since 2000.
He has held voluntary roles within the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and is currently Cultural Sector Network treasurer and on its Learning and Development board sub-committee. He is also Treasurer of Hertfordshire Natural History Society, and a trustee of Rethink Mental Illness and of an environmental charity, Sustainable St Albans.
Mahmood’s career of over 25 years has been about supporting business and entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow, as well as social enterprises and charities, as “Not your normal boring Accountant!”
He started his career in teaching, and since then has worked in Finance, Business and as a Management Professional working within the Private Sectors, Cultural, Education and Not for profit. This has given him over 30 years’ experience of board level partnerships and negotiations.
Mahmood is actively involved in the governance of charity, arts, and educational establishments across the East Midlands and beyond and is committed to playing a role in preserving UK’s arts and heritage as a Trustee and volunteer for a number of charities, arts, and educational establishments across the East Midlands and beyond.
Royal Opera House
Interim head of Membership and Fundraising Appeals
National Arts Fundraising School
Blue Canary Fundraising